Lola (Little Lola Frenchie) is a therapy dog and loves participating in Little P.I.C.A.S.S.Os workshops. Research has shown that contact with an animal (aka Animal Assisted Therapy) can help improve a child’s physical, mental, emotional and social state, which in turn will help them better engage and participate in the therapy process and assist with their treatment. Natasha and Stefanie have found that Lola has helped with building participants' confidence, empathy, engagement as well as reduce their fears and anxieties.
Stefanie Trenholme, owner of Trenholme Pediatric Speech Therapy LLC, holds a Master’s degree in Communicative Disorders and Sciences. She additionally has a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art Education and a Post Graduate Diploma in Communication Disorders. Stefanie is licensed with the California Speech -Language Pathology and Audiology Board (SLPAB), as well as holds her Certificate of Clinical Competency from the American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA). Stefanie has additionally been presented with the Award for Continuing Education (ACE) by ASHA's Continuing Education Board five times in recognition of her continued professional study and has been recognized by expertise.com as one of Los Angeles top 20 speech pathologists.
Stefanie has worked in hospitals, rehabilitation centers and private practices both in Canada and the United States, as well as with various private schools. She has currently served the pediatric population in Los Angeles for the past 15 years. She is also involved with various local charities including the Children’s Burn Foundation, Team Lukey and Autism Speaks. Stefanie specializes in children with Autism Spectrum Disorders, learning disabilities as well as children with executive functioning deficits, Apraxia of Speech, and Myofunctional disorders.
Natasha Parsakia, owner and supervising director of My Shadow is a
private behavior analyst and special education instructor, working with children and young adults, between the ages of 2 and 24. Natasha is also the author of the children’s social storybook “When My Senses Don’t Make Sense!”. She has a Bachelor’s of Science in Clinical Psychology, a Masters and Teaching Credential in Special Education Cross Categorical, and is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst.
Natasha has been working with children and young adults with emotional, developmental, and behavioral disorders in hospitals, schools and private homes for the past 15 years. She specializes in children with Autism Spectrum Disorders, Sensory Processing Disorders, Anxiety Disorders, and children with Executive Functioning Deficits. She has also spoken at the SENG conference (Supporting the Emotional Needs of the Gifted) with a team of professionals from varying disciplines, educating parents and professionals about some of the struggles and most effective strategies for children who are exceptionally bright, but struggle with executive functioning deficits.
Our workshops are led by a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and Speech-Language Pathologist- both of whom have a strong working relationship with various professionals in their community including: pediatricians, psychologists, psychiatrists, neuropsychologists, behavioral agencies, educational therapists, occupational therapists, schools, as well as speech pathology colleagues.
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